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New Library Website: Valentine’s Day “Soft Launch”

Before we make the switch to our new website — scheduled to officially launch during National Library Week, APR 8-14, 2018 — we invite you to take a couple of baby steps with us.

Baby Step 1: Starting Wednesday, FEB 14, when you search for LPL events, you’ll find a brand new web calendar and can start exploring the new site. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lawrence!

Baby Step 2:  Play around in the new space. Our current website — the one you know and love — will keep on truckin’ through APR 7. After that, we’ll say goodbye and make the big switch on Monday, APR 9.

PS—We’re looking for feedback. Email your thoughts to us here.

Stay tuned for more updates.


New Calendar of Events’ Fresh Features:

  • Events paired with your interests
    When you search for books, music, games, or movies, related library programs will show up in the catalog — BOOM!
  • Never miss anything—even better, bring a friend!
    Events have a one-click, save-to calendar button as well as a social sharing option. Put feelers out and see if your people want to go, too.
  • Simple search
    Find things to do by date, event type, program name, audience, or language.
  • Easy exploration and accessibility
    In compliance with ADA web standards, information is displayed clearly and consistently in high-contrast color with underlined links.
  • Online registration
    Finally! Register for select programs with either a library card OR email address!
  • If you like this, you might also like…
    Get a “more like this…” message when programs and events have something in common.
  • Fully responsive design
    Whether you’re on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop, your browsing experience will display beautifully.
  • Need-to-know now
    Library hours of operation, location, and event contact information is included on every event page.
  • The future is clear
    Like Lego Club? Social Justice Book Club? Recurring events are grouped together. Now you can see all the dates — months in advance!

Here’s what you’ll see when you search events starting Wednesday, FEB 14:

2018 New website and events calendar view

4 Comments

  1. Dane Robinson says:

    The preview is distorted when looked at on the phone.

    • Heather Kearns says:

      Thanks, Dane! Yeah, unfortunately our current site displays like that in portrait mode on mobile. It should clear up if you turn your device sideways. That’s one of many reasons we’re excited to move ahead with a new site. The live link is up now. I encourage you to have a look around. The mobile experience is pretty slick, too. – Heather, marketing coordinator

  2. Malika Lyon says:

    Looking at the proposed main page, I see many things to like about – the emphasis on events and all, but if I want to reserve a room, what menu would I find that under? I’m guessing “Your Library”? It’s so handy to have that button right on the main page.

    • Heather Kearns says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Malika! The new site is live if you’d like to browse and get a feel for how it works. There’s a button on our home page in the right-hand side bar. Let us know if you can find “Get a Room” now. – Heather, marketing coordinator

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